Share this entry

quillwork Syllabification: quill·work
Pronunciation: /ˈkwilwərk/

Definition of quillwork in English:

noun

A type of decoration for clothing and possessions characteristic of certain North American Indian peoples, using softened and dyed porcupine quills to make elaborate applied designs.
Example sentences
  • It has been over 50 years since porcupine quillwork was used as the primary decorative motif on Gwich'in jackets, slippers, and gloves.
  • For example, since the porcupine quillwork was taking much too long, they decided to use a combination of quills and beads.
  • The decoration fashioned in beads, paint, and quillwork served to summarize the common values of the wearers - generosity, honor, and bravery.

Definition of quillwork in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources